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Young filmmaker to lecture

Published February 9, 2004; Category: EVENTS

Julie Talen, experimental writer and director, is part of dean's series
Julie Talen
Julie Talen

Writer-director Julie Talen will show her award-winning film, Pretend, and will offer a lecture as the second participant in the Dean of the Faculty Lecture series for this academic year. The 7 p.m. showing of the film, on Sunday, Feb. 22, in Loew Auditorium, will be followed by a discussion with the audience. The lecture, "The Making of Pretend," will take place Monday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. in Filene Auditorium of Moore Hall. The events are free and open to the public. (download the event poster, 196kb PDF)

Talen has worked as a reporter and essayist for The Village Voice, American Film, and The Los Angeles Weekly, and served as contributing editor to Channels Magazine. She has written adaptations and original screenplays, and worked with leading directors Gillian Armstrong, Paul Verhoeven and Robert Altman. She shared credit on the 1996 Paramount film Harriet the Spy, and is currently writing "Mata Hari" for Altman, starring Cate Blanchett and produced by Donna Gigliotti (Shakespeare in Love).

Pretend uses an array of multiple frames and complex graphics to tell the story of a troubled family living in upstate New York. Talen's longstanding interest in multi-channel narrative began with seeing a three-monitor piece by the artist Juan Downey in 1981. She has since studied multiple imagery in both narrative and non-narrative forms, including the history of abstract film, current work in video and film installations, and the major directors who created split-screen films in the late '60s.

The New York Times' A.O. Scott called Pretend "a harrowing, dazzling feature."

"In Pretend," Scott writes, "the collage of images evokes the memories, fantasies and fears of the characters, bridging the distance between the objective reality of what the camera sees and the inner worlds that are ordinarily left to actors to convey."

The lecture series will continue with another presentation in the spring.

By JAMES DONNELLY

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